February is definitely a month where sentiment overtakes us in many lovely ways – from the abundance of seasonal flowers as well as the many Valentine treats to buy or create in our own homes. Although roses are traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day, there are many other magnificent flowers that are perfect for savoring this holiday weekend. A recent visit to the floral department at Fresh Market was indeed a floral fantasy land with gorgeous miniature potted azaleas, vividly colored orchids, Cyclamen, hydrangea and freshly cut flowers such as roses, Calla lilies, Stargazer lilies, and iris.
Camellias are at their peak of blooming season here in lower Alabama – just in time for Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t help but take advantage of all of the blooms that I brought home from the Camellia Show over the weekend. The vivid pink, red, striped and white blooms make the quintessential Valentine’s floral arrangement in a fluted urn while individual blooms and greenery are grouped en masse at the base.
Try combining different shaped crystal and glass containers, vases, stems and glasses to float flowers in. Add a few candles and you have an instant centerpiece! Roses, hydrangeas and other cuts flowers would work well, too.
Other simple combinations using crystal, glass and an alabaster heart.
I always look for a reason to pull out my heart-shaped waffle iron and heart-shaped cake pans!
Pink Velvet cake for a special friend’s birthday. The gorgeous camellias are from the garden of my friend, Janet Loftin.
A simple, but elegant, arrangement of Taiwan Cherry branches loosely placed in rustic canisters and a trio of camellias in small pieces of pottery create a natural, yet festive, centerpiece.
A Victorian inspired arrangement of blush colored roses and hydrangea for a special lady in my life for Valentine’s Day ….
Enjoy this day and express your love to those who are most meaningful in your life.